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Labrador Retriever

Labradors are large, strongly built dogs with good bone and substance. Their heads are broad with soft, intelligent eyes that are the perfect indicators of their friendliness and generally easy-going natures. Their tails are described as being “otter-like” and are both strong and almost constantly wagging.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • Great with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10 – 14 years
Weight: 25 – 36kg
Height: 55 – 57cm
Colours: Black, yellow and chocolate/liver
Size: Large
Kennel Club group: Gundog

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 5/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 5/5
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Personality

The Labrador Retriever is an active, friendly, loving dog who thrives on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please their owners (except perhaps eat and jump in any water they can find!). They are ideal pets where there are children around and they get on well with other household animals. Labradors are a very happy breed, extremely affectionate, constantly wagging their tails and always on the go. They are easily trained, being eager to learn and please and can turn their paw to just about anything. They are total foodies however - which helps with their training but not their waistlines!

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History and Origins

Country of Origin: Canada

The Labrador Retriever breed originated not in Labrador, but on the coast of Newfoundland in the 17th century. They were trained to bring in the fishing-nets through the icy waters for the fishermen and, in the early 19th century, were brought to Poole Harbour in Great Britain. They were so attractive and with such appealing personalities that the fishermen had umpteen offers from Englishmen to buy them. The breed with their working abilities was instantly successful as a gundog. The Earl of Malmesbury became fascinated by these dogs, known at that time as Saint John's Dogs, and he started breeding them, calling them Labrador Dogs. Today, Labradors are still used as working gundogs as well as being beloved family pets.

did you know?

Did you know?

  • Originally Labrador Retrievers worked with fishermen and were bred to bring back fish-laden nets.
  • Labrador’s have turned their paw to a whole host of dog careers, including: drug and explosive detection, search and rescue and even guide dogs!
  • They’re one of the most popular dog breeds in the USA and UK.
  • You can get puppies of all colours (black, yellow and chocolate) in one litter.
  • The world’s first diabetic alert dog was a Labrador called Armstrong!

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